Robert Vance – Public Works Director
With winter fast approaching, I thought I would take this time and explain some of the City’s snow removal policies. The first one I would like to explain is the policy for clearing snow from sidewalks and footpaths. The Municipal Code requires the tenant, occupant or owner of any real property to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks or footpaths adjacent to their property within four (4) hours of a snowfall. If the snowfall is between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., then the Code requires the snow to be removed by 10:00 a.m.
Our community has many people that prefer to walk and bike so it really important for each of us to our part to keep the sidewalks safe for pedestrians. Remember that many of our children walk to school too and I believe that all of us want them to be safe. We at the Public Works are not exempt from this rule either as we are required to clear the snow from the sidewalks around the parks and city owned facilities. We use help from the Department of Corrections to help clear the snow when available but many times we have to remove the snow with our own forces. Unfortunately if the snowstorm is still producing snow or there were large amounts of snow our crew could still be clearing streets, as that is our first priority.
The second policy that I wanted to explain is our policy for snow removal on City Streets. It is the Public Works Policy to start plowing snow once there is an accumulation of four (4) inches of snow. We generally continue plowing until the snowfall has stopped and until every street in the City has been plowed. We do not plow the alleys.
Then we turn our attention to physically removing the snow from the downtown area and continue around to the post office, library and at times the schools. When we are clearing the snow we will close the block we are working on to traffic. We will post a truck at each end of the block and direct people to detour. We move fairly quickly and the blocks are usually opened back up within thirty minutes.
The last item I would like to discuss is our sanding policy. We use a mixture of salt and sand and start to sand as we plow snow. On the snowfalls of less than four inches we also will sand. We start in the downtown areas and school zones, then we branch out to the more high traffic areas and finally into the residential areas. We continue to sand as needed.
If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Public Works at (719) 539-6257.